What distinguishes the new Celica 190 from its stable mate is not immediately obvious for it lives under the bonnet, or under the driver’s right foot to be exact. Still a 1.8-litre, four cylinder engine – although technically it has an extra two cc – the Celica 190 is one of a very rare breed of cars that has over 100hp per litre.
Unlike the smug folk in the Honda ads who boast about their Accord having seventy-something horse power per litre, the Celica 190, with 106.7hp/litre is up there with the likes of the McLaren F1 (103.3hp/litre), the BMW M3 (106hp/litre) and the Ferrari 360 Modena (111.5hp/litre).
With 189hp at 7,800rpm and 184Nm at 6,800rpm the Celica 190 is capable of 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds (the standard Celica is 8.7 seconds) and a top speed of 140mph (127mph). But it is not just fast, it is frugal too. The combined fuel consumption figure is 33.6mpg and CO2 emissions just 200g/km.
On sale now, the new Celica 190 costs £20,495 OTR.
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